Current Scam Alerts

Crypto Investment

The Cyber Crime Unit would like to make you aware of Crypto investment scams that are increasing and becoming a real problem. Social media adverts are being used to lure people into depositing small amounts of investment money with malicious trading sites. Scammers then pretend the investment has made a profit & convince victims to deposit more

Once the victim has committed more funds the scammers pretend to personally manage the victims trading account. Shortly after the investment makes a loss and the victim is told they need to pay the shortfall. If the victim ever tries to withdraw funds they find no option to do so

There are many malicious sites being used for this but the most prominent ones encountered recently are http://coinipop.com and http://coin-bits.com. These sites are linked and work together to facilitate the fraud. They have positive fake reviews and social media pages

These help to trick people into believing they are legitimate. DO NOT USE THESE SITES. They are fraudulent. Please help to protect other people from becoming victims by raising awareness of these fraudulent sites: http://coinipop.com and http://coin-bits.com

Vishing

Vishing is the telephone equivalent of phishing, whereby sophisticated scammers phone users and attempt to scam them into giving personal or financial information that can be used for identity theft, fraud or further Cyber Crime. These calls will be from people impersonating someone you know or trust, for instance the government, a reputable company or organisation, or even a family member who needs ‘help’.

They use social engineering tactics — psychological and social methods of manipulating or tricking users — and the victims’ own emotions to get them to provide information or to perform a specific action.

Derbyshire Constabulary have been made aware of calls of this nature from people claiming to be from Microsoft. In most cases, Microsoft will never contact end users so please be vigilant if you receive any calls of this nature, not just limited to Microsoft.

The supposed “tech support representatives” often will call and claim to be from a reputable and well-known company. Frequently, this actor will inform their intended victim that there’s something wrong with their computer and that they need to give them remote access to fix it. This voice phishing tactic often involves pretending to run a diagnostic test on your machine. Their ultimate goal is to get you, as the victim, to pay for a tech support service that you don’t need to fix a problem that doesn’t actually exist.

But not all tech support fraud phishing phone calls involve the criminal calling you. Sometimes, they will lure you into calling them! The way they do this is by using pop-up messages on your computer screen. These warnings, frequently designed to look like they come from your antivirus software or operating system, inform you that threats have been detected on your machine and direct you to call a specific phone number to speak with a technician immediately.

Protect yourself against vishing attempts:
• Hang up and call the person, department, or company directly using official phone numbers (don’t use the contact information that’s provided to you in an email, a text message, or through an unsolicited phone call)
• Don’t respond to unsolicited calls, texts or emails
• Don’t disclose any personal or financial information before verifying the contact is genuine
• Educate yourself, friends and family about potential threats and scams

And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

By Cyber Protect, Derbyshire Constabulary

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